Dream Gates

Dream Gates


The waters of dreams

posted by Robert Moss
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for shark rock - Shi Shi beach - Karolyn.jpgIn drugstore dream dictionaries we are told that water, as a dream symbol, is about emotions. Well, ye-es, it maybe, but what you find in your dream waters and what I find may be very different things.

 

As with any dream, a dream of water may be symbolic, literal, or an experience of a separate reality. I have dreamed, over decades now, of being able to travel to the sea floor without any breathing problems and of encountering a Mother of the Deep and various other characters who seem to embody the elemental powers of the ocean. I have dreamed of healing in sacred pools, and delight in mermaid coves, and the kind of inundation that brings fresh new growth bursting into the world.

I have also noticed that some of our dreams of water may be both literal and symbolic. We dream of a tsunami or a hurricane – and that event turns out to be both a natural event that is played out in the world and a terrific emotional storm that blows up in our personal lives.

How water moves or fails to move in dreams is a very important source of guidance to me on the state of my body and my creative energy. Clogged pipes and logjams – in physical reality as well as in night dreams – alert me to the need to do some clearing and free up energy that needs to be in flow.

Water transforms, and it goes through its own transformations, from vapor to liquid to solid and back through the sequence. We come from the water, and our bodies are mostly composed of seawater. Our dreams may open us to the teachings of water: to flow rather than to push, to stream round an obstacle rather than charge it head on.

In one of my playshops, a scientist from Virginia shared a wonderful dream in which he plunges deep into the ocean and then up into space, doing the butterfly stroke, repeating the motions until he is circling the planet. We didn’t analyse this dream. We plunged into it and enjoyed its energy. With the dreamer’s permission and the aid of shamanic drumming, our whole circle accompanied him back into his dream in a marvelous adventure in group lucid dreaming. Some of us met creatures of the deep beyond those chronicled in National Geographic, with mutual respect. Some joined dolphin pods. I enjoyed skimming the Pacific, in waters around my native Australia.

 

Shark Rock at Shi Shi Beach, Washington by Karolyn McKinley

 



  • http://www.apocalypsegrrl.com Ro

    I dream about water often. One of my favorites were dreams I had of being swept up in a tidal wave. At first, they scared me, but then I realized that in all the dreams I was never hurt- I never even got wet! The tidal waves would scoop me up and carry me to new places. Now I look at these dreams as good ones- forces bigger than myself giving me a push outside my comfort zone to new situations.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Ro – That’s a great evolution in your dreaming and your pattern recognition. I love it when we can move beyond fear of something that threatens to swamp us towards the understanding that we are being given a push – as you say – beyond our comfort zone into a novel situation challenging us to come up with a new mode of behavior and some creative action.

  • John Frederick

    I have been dreaming of water lately, in scenarios where I am in water and on land at the same time, or more like I can’t tell where the land ends and the water begins. I was walking in my dream near a misty, marshy pond and saw a lone duck land on the water. As I walked around it, I noticed I was in the water up to my waist, but it was an effortless transition and I didn’t mind being in the water.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment angel

    I dreamed about tsunami like to be the beginning of the destruction of the world which caused i guide all the people where the right path are, when in our way together with my family along the way the water waves us until we reach the highest mountain.
    what could it be means?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Melissa

    I dreamed last night that I was pushing a long box of personal souvenirs and memorobilia-mostly related to my wedding last year- uphill into a garage. The garage door was only part open so the box wouldn’t go through but I kept shoving it. I was frustrated at the family around me not seeing my difficulty and helping. During all this I was repeatedly soaked with waves of water like the tide crashing over me and I was worried about the contents of the box being destroyed. When I finally got into the garage, I was soaked but the box and all its contents were completely dry. I was insisting to my family that the water was real and saying “I’m not crazy. Look how wet I am.”

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